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Poster: ducats Date: Jan 29, 2007 10:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Conviction

that's what I want to get at conviction/hypocrisy - I say for the discussion aud=sbd. I believe Jer's conviction was let em have it - heck at one time I would have (if I could've afforded it) paid them to listen. If he were alive I believe he would still say let em have it. I agree with you the remaining guys have every right to at the very least see what the law does for them. I would like to hear their views though (any more articles would be apprec) - ie. did their beliefs change?.

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Poster: skuzzlebutt Date: Jan 29, 2007 12:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Conviction

I don't know that they ever felt strongly enough about it one way or another in the earlier years to even call it a "conviction". I doubt they really spent a lot of time thinking about it. The money was good, they had a degree of artistic freedom highly uncommon for a major touring band at their level, they had the most devoted following in rock...what's it to them if there are a bunch of free copies of Cow Palace NYE '76 floating around?

"When we're done with it, they can have it" is the Garcia quote most often cited to illuminate their feelings on the issue, but somehow that's been truned into some deep pontification on the issue. Sounds more like "Sure, what the fuck do I care?" to me.

Obviously things changed with Jerry's death and the choking off of tour revenue. That's when it really got their attention. The GD part of the archive was/is titanic; almost certainly the biggest collection of Dead music in one place outside of the Vault itself. No way were they not going to weigh in sooner or later.